2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
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The 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is a planned motor racing championship, set to be the 51st racing season sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) (which traces its lineage back to the 1971 IMSA GT Championship), and the seventh as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The series is set to begin on January 25 with the 24 Hours of Daytona, and end on October 10 with the Petit Le Mans over twelve events.

Series News[edit]

  • During IMSA's "State of the Series" annual press conference held during the weekend of the 2019 IMSA Road Race Showcase, IMSA president Scott Atherton laid out a planned timeline for the formalization of the regulations refresh of their top class, DPi, set for debut in 2022. Wind tunnel testing & Kinetic Energy Recovery system (KERS) development would begin through the final quarter of 2019, with prospective entrants first getting a look at the final regulations by the first quarter of 2020.[1]
  • All events will have flag-to-flag television coverage on the various NBC networks, primarily NBC Sports.
  • On September 19, 2019, Scott Atherton announced he'd be retiring from his position as President of the International Motor Sports Association at the end of the 2019 season.[2] On October 15th, IMSA would confirm then-team principal of Mazda Team Joest, John Doonan, to be Atherton's replacement.[3]
  • On November 1st, 2019, IMSA announced a series of changes to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sporting Regulations, effective for the 2020 season. The changes announced included the addition of a "premium" package for GT Daytona (GTD) teams participating in the full season, as well as a requirement of Bronze-rated drivers in the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) class, among other changes.[4]

Classes[edit]

  • Daytona Prototype international (DPi)
  • Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)
  • GT Le Mans (GTLM)
  • GT Daytona (GTD)

Class Rule Changes[edit]

There were no changes in class hierarchy, however changes were made to the practice time for the amateur drivers in the LMP2 and GTD classes. Each class will have a longer dedicated free practice session for Bronze and Silver-rated drivers, set at 30 minutes long. All teams participating in such practice will also receive extra sets of tires provided by the series' tire supplier, Michelin.[5] In addition, each LMP2 team may enter one Platinum driver at Daytona, because of the length of that round. Platinum drivers are prohibited in all other LMP2 events.[4]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule was released on August 2, 2019, and features an unchanged 12 rounds.[6]

   Race is part of the Michelin Endurance Cup
   Race is part of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup
Rnd. Race Length Classes Circuit Location Date
1 Rolex 24 at Daytona 24 hours All[N 1] Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida January 25-26
2 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 12 hours All Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 21
3 TBA 1 hour, 40 minutes DPi, GTLM, GTD[7] [N 2] Long Beach Street Circuit Long Beach, California April 18
4 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio 2 hours, 40 minutes All Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio May 3
5 TBA 1 hour, 40 minutes DPi, GTD [N 2] The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan May 30
6 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen 6 hours All Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York June 28
7 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix 2 hours, 40 minutes DPi, GTLM, GTD Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario July 5
8 Northeast Grand Prix 2 hours, 40 minutes GTLM, GTD Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut July 18
9 TBA 2 hours, 40 minutes All Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 2
10 TBA 2 hours, 40 minutes GTLM, GTD Virginia International Raceway Alton, Virginia August 23
11 TBA 2 hours, 40 minutes All WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California September 13
12 Motul Petit Le Mans 10 hours All Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia October 10

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The LMP2 class will only score points towards the Michelin Endurance Cup.
  2. ^ a b The GTD class will only score points towards the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

Entries[edit]

Daytona Prototype international (DPi)[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United States Acura Team Penske[8] Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 6 United States Dane Cameron[8] TBA
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya[8] TBA
France Simon Pagenaud[8] TBA
7 Brazil Hélio Castroneves[8] TBA
United States Alexander Rossi[8] TBA
United States Ricky Taylor[8] TBA
United States Wayne Taylor Racing[9] Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 10 Australia Ryan Briscoe[10] TBA
New Zealand Scott Dixon[10] TBA
Japan Kamui Kobayashi[9] TBA
Netherlands Renger van der Zande[10] TBA
United States Action Express Racing[11] Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 31 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque[12] TBA
Brazil Pipo Derani[11] TBA
Brazil Felipe Nasr[11] TBA
United States JDC-Miller Motorsports[13] Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 TBA TBA[13] TBA
TBA[13] TBA
TBA[13] TBA
TBA TBA[13] TBA
TBA[13] TBA
TBA[13] TBA
Germany Mazda Team Joest[14] Mazda RT24-P Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4 TBA TBA[14] TBA
TBA[14] TBA
TBA[14] TBA
TBA TBA[14] TBA
TBA[14] TBA
TBA[14] TBA

Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)[edit]

In accordance with the 2017 LMP2 regulations, all cars in the LMP2 class use the Gibson GK428 V8 engine.[15]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United States DragonSpeed[16] Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 TBA TBA[16] TBA
TBA[16] TBA
TBA[16] TBA
United States Era Motorsports[17] Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 TBA TBA[17] TBA
TBA[17] TBA
TBA[17] TBA
United States Rick Ware Racing[18][19] Riley Mk. 30 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 TBA TBA[18] TBA
TBA[18] TBA
TBA[18] TBA

GT Le Mans (GTLM)[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United States Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 3 Spain Antonio García[20] TBA
United States Jordan Taylor[20] TBA
TBA[20] TBA
4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin[20] TBA
United States Tommy Milner[20] TBA
TBA[20] TBA
United States BMW Team RLL[21] BMW M8 GTE BMW S63 4.0 L Turbo V8 TBA TBA[21] TBA
TBA[21] TBA
TBA[21] TBA
TBA TBA[21] TBA
TBA[21] TBA
TBA[21] TBA
United States Porsche GT Team[22] Porsche 911 RSR-19 Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6 TBA TBA[22] TBA
TBA[22] TBA
TBA[22] TBA
TBA TBA[22] TBA
TBA[22] TBA
TBA[22] TBA

GT Daytona (GTD)[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United States Meyer Shank Racing[23] Acura NSX GT3 Evo[23] Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher[23] TBA
United States Matt McMurry[23] TBA
TBA[23] TBA
Canada AIM Vasser Sullivan[24] Lexus RC F GT3[24] Lexus 5.0 L V8 TBA United States Kyle Busch[24] TBA
TBA[24][N 1] TBA
TBA[24] TBA
TBA TBA[24] TBA
TBA[24] TBA
TBA[24] TBA
Austria GRT Grasser Racing Team[25] Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo[25] Lamborghini 5.2 L V10 TBA TBA[25] TBA
TBA[25] TBA
TBA[25] TBA
TBA TBA[25] TBA
TBA[25] TBA
TBA[25] TBA
United States Mercedes-AMG Team Riley with Robinson Racing[26] Mercedes-AMG GT3[26] Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 L V8 TBA United States Lawson Aschenbach[26] TBA
United States Ben Keating[26] TBA
United States Gar Robinson[26] TBA
United States Wright Motorsports[27] Porsche 911 GT3 R[27] Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 TBA United States Ryan Hardwick[27] TBA
TBA[27] TBA
TBA[27] TBA
TBA United States Anthony Imperato[27] TBA
TBA[27] TBA
TBA[27] TBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jack Hawksworth has been confirmed as another driver, but it is not yet known which of the two AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus cars he will drive for 2020, or whether or not he will be partnered with Kyle Busch.

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